Former EFL footballer Neil Campbell died after choking accident on stag do

A former EFL footballer died after choking on food while on a night out with friends.

An inquest has heard how Neil Campbell passed away suddenly on April 30 in Yarm's Uno Ristorante. He was with friends on a stag do when he fell unwell.

The emergency services were called to the scene shortly after but they were not able to save his life, reports TeessideLive.

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His body was identified by his family after his death while a post-mortem examination was performed. Dr David Scoones, a pathologist at Middlesbrough's James Cook University Hospital, ruled the cause of death was airway obstruction by food.

Karin Welsh, the assistant coroner for Teesside and Hartlepool, said in a witness report: "On the day he died he had been out socialising and returned to the North East for a meal. It seemed he suddenly had a problem with a piece of food that was lodged and despite best efforts, he was not able to be saved."

And addressing Campbell's family, Welsh said: "I can't begin to imagine what you have all been through it is clear Neil had a very full life not only through his sports activities but his teaching. This is a lesson for all of us about the precious nature of life."

Campbell was well known in the footballing community across Teesside. He began his sports career at York City and went on to play for Scarborough, Southend United and Doncaster Rovers. The 45-year-old, known to friends as Cammy, was also assistant manager at Thornaby FC last season, who play in the Northern League Division One,

His death has been met with an outpouring of tributes – while hundreds of mourners turned out to St Bede's Chapel at Teesside Crematorium for his funeral in May.

Andy Campbell, his brother and former footballer at Middlesbrough, said in May: "For me, he's got the whole package. You'd speak to one person who said he was the angriest footballer in the world and then you'd speak to someone else who said he was the kindest, gentlest person in the world. I see it all because I see him in all walks of life.”


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